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Contagious Migration: Evidence from the Philippines

Michael Ralph Abrigo and Desiree Desierto

No DP 2011-18, Discussion Papers from Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Abstract: Outward migration data from the Philippines exhibit spatial clustering. This is likely due to information spillover effects--fellow migrants share information with other neighboring migrants, thereby lowering the costs of migration. To verify this, we use spatial econometrics to define a geography-based network of migrants and estimate its effect on the growth in the number of succeeding migrants. We find that current and past migration from one municipality induces contemporaneous and future migration in neighboring municipalities.

Keywords: migration; Philippines; fiduciary system; global imbalances; network effects; spatial econometrics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16
Date: 2011
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